'One Night in Miami' Composer Terence Blanchard to Receive Venice Honor

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Oscar-nominee Blanchard penned scores for Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman' and 'Da 5 Bloods' as well as for Regina King's Venice entry 'One Night in Miami.'

Oscar-nominated film composer and multiple Grammy-winning jazz musician Terence Blanchard will be honored at this year's Venice International Film Festival with the Campari Passion for Film award. 

Blanchard frequently collaborates with Spike Lee and wrote the scores to such features as Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992) and Inside Man (2006). He began working with Lee on 1990's Mo' Better Blues, where he ghosted the trumpet playing for star Denzel Washington. Blanchard's score for 2018's BlacKkKlansman earned him his first Oscar nominations and he won a Grammy for a track from the film.

An acclaimed and accomplished jazz trumpeter and musician, he's won a total of six Grammys to date in various categories. Most recently, Blanchard composed the original score for Spike Lee's Netflix movie Da 5 Bloods and for Regina King's feature directorial debut One Night in Miami, which will have its world premiere in Venice Sept. 7. The film looks at a fateful meeting between four iconic figures of the Civil Rights movement: Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke and Jim Brown. 

"Not only is Terence Blanchard one of the most important jazz trumpeters of all time, he is also one of the most prolific and sought-after composers of film scores," said Venice Artistic Director Alberto Barbera. "His artistic career is distinguished by vigorous musical creations inspired by some of the most painful tragedies in American society, such as the distressing cyclical epidemic of armed violence, especially against black or brown citizens. With the soundtrack of One Night in Miami, Blanchard adds a new chapter to the powerful musical architecture of his contribution to the themes of our contemporary age, which could not be more aligned with the dramatic events of recent months, culminating in the protests to assert that Black Lives Matter."

The Campari Passion for Film award is presented to off-screen film industry professionals who, in the words of the Venice festival, "are more than just craftsmen: they are artists and co-authors of the films to which they offer the gift of their unparalleled talent." Previous winners include American film editor Bob Murawski (The Hurt Locker) and Italian cinematographer Luca Bigazzi (The Great Beauty). 

Terence Blanchard will receive his award in Venice on Monday September 7th at Venice's Palazzo del Cinema on the Sala Grande ahead of the One Night in Miami screening. The film is playing out of competition in Venice. 

The 77th Venice International Film Festival runs September 2-12. Venice will be the first of the major A list film festival to be held post-COVID-19.